Lowering The Temperature Today…

Since a reader thought yesterday’s weather was a bit too nippy to be “talkin’ baseball”, I will try to focus today’s rant on a sport that we normally associate with colder weather. And, I shall begin that process by sharing this Super Bowl observation made by Dwight Perry in the Seattle Times:

“O.J. Simpson held a Super Bowl viewing party in his Nevada prison cell, the New York Post reported.

“Alas, unlike the game, The Juice couldn’t go out in the third quarter.”

Alec Ogletree is a very good linebacker from Georgia. Various folks who do mock NFL Drafts think that he will go in the middle of the first round of the draft. He made my “notepad” from watching college football last Fall and I thought he would be a first or second round pick. I mention him because Alec Ogletree is a classic example of a player on the draft board who has “character/off-field issues” to counterbalance his physical skills. Let me summarize:

    2010: He was arrested in a matter involving the theft of a motorcycle helmet and was suspended for the first game of his collegiate career.

    2012: He failed a drug test proximal to spring practice and was suspended for the first four games of the season. Notwithstanding that suspension, he led Georgia in tackles for the season with 111.

    2013: Last week, he was arrested for DUI.

I mentioned the folks who concoct mock NFL Drafts above. I think everyone knows that if I were Dictator of the Universe no one would dare to publish one of those until 72 hours before the NFL Draft and no one would publish more than one of them per year. Fortunately, for everyone, I am not the Dictator of the Universe. However, I did enjoy this comment from Greg Cote in the Miami Herald regarding draft projections for the Dolphins:

“In other Dolphins news, nobody knows anything about what the team will do in free agency or the draft, but people keep talking as if they do. Draftniks guess Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson could be Miami’s first-round pick. He is best known for having a first name that looks like it has way more letters than are necessary.”

A couple of weeks ago, the Detroit Lions cut WR, Titus Young, and the Rams signed him. On the way out the door, Young declared with no equivocation that he is a better wide receiver than Calvin Johnson. That statement is about as accurate as this one:

    Jeffrey Dahmer was a vegetarian.

Rams’ coach, Jeff Fisher, has dealt with offbeat characters in the past and gotten good on-field results from them. Two examples that leap to mind are Albert Haynesworth and “Pacman” Jones. Therefore, I expected Young would have a chance to show whatever skills he has on the field in St. Louis. Alas, Young’s tenure with the Rams lasted about two weeks; the Rams released him. Here is Jeff Fisher’s comment related to that personnel move:

“We spent four or five days with him, and as an organization — at the end of the interview process, you might call it — we felt it was best to go in another direction. We felt Titus is better suited for another organization.”

That statement comes from the man who found a way to deal with Albert Haynesworth for seven NFL seasons…

    Memo for Titus Young: You had better start memorizing this phrase because it is going to be very important for you in your future endeavors:

      “You want fries with that?”

Karma is a way of expressing the laws of causation that generate cycles of events. Because the events are cyclical, the agent of the first cause (or change) often reaps the benefits or the curses of the cycle of events it started. Perhaps that is what is going on in the University of Texas football program now.

The Big 12 is not what it used to be and Texas is one of the main architects of the current downcycle. Recall a couple of years ago when Texas insisted on creating The Longhorn Network which would give it a large financial and recruiting advantage over other conference schools and that set of actions/demands by Texas led to the defection of Colorado, Nebraska and Texas A&M from the Big 12.

One might expect that Texas would be the “big dog” in what is left of the Big 12 with its hasty acquisitions to maintain critical mass for a football conference, but such has not been the case. In fact, for the last three seasons, Texas’ record is only 22-16. They have made two bowl appearances; however, the Holiday Bowl and the Alamo Bowl are not involved in any way with the process of determining a national champion in football. The football tradition at Texas is that the Longhorns should always be part of the discussion for such an honor.

Finally, since I began today with a quip about the Super Bowl, let me conclude with another one of similar ilk. This one comes from Greg Cote in the Miami Herald and addresses the myriad proposition bets one might make with regard to the Super Bowl:

“Bettors wagered a record $98.9 million legally on the Super Bowl at Nevada casinos, with 183 sports books netting a $7.2 million profit. Me? I hit big. Got lucky. On a hunch, I’d bet $20 at 25,000-to-1 odds that the stadium lights would go out for 34 minutes.”

But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………

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  • Siggurdsson  On February 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Sir: Methinks that Coach Fisher has reached the point in his coaching career where he feels he need not deal with such beings as Mr. T. Young. Good move, Coach…

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On February 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm


      Yours is one interpretation and it may be 100% correct.

      Alternatively, Coach Fisher might be willing to put up with “such beings” if he thinks the on-field talent is commensurate with off-field / locker room tsouris. And perhaps in the days he and his staff spent with Messr. Young, they came to the conclusion that he “ain’t worth the hassle”.

  • gary  On February 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Darrell Royal is not just rolling over, but spinning in his grave

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On February 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm


      This is NOT the Texas football program that Darrell Royal built…

  • Rich  On February 19, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    As one of your local Nevada correspondents, I feel a certain obligation to report on certain sports and sports related figure in this state. I notice mention of O.J. Simpson and wish to remind your readers that Mr. Simpson will be eligible for parole sometime in 2017. He will turn 70 that year, and my guess is that he will look different from the last time he appeared in public.

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On February 20, 2013 at 11:50 am


      Perhaps by then he will have found the real killers. After all, he has been in a place where killers have been known to reside…

  • Doug  On February 20, 2013 at 7:11 am

    As a father with two sons who attended Georgia Tech, I am no fan of the University of Georgia. That said, the Dawgs have rich history of players with tainted off the field records. Most of those records can be viewed at the Clarke County Courthouse, not ESPN or Wikipedia. Alec Ogletree is just the most recent.

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On February 20, 2013 at 11:53 am


      Interesting that the media has spent hours upon hours wondering if Manti Te’o will drop in the Draft based on his gullibility but has not wondered nearly as much about Alec Ogletree status in the Draft. Have we really become enured to things like drug use and DUI that we do not worry about them?

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